The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures Columbia University
Columbia University, New York, NY
The Chinese Language Program is the home for Chinese language education at Columbia University. It has a long and glorious history. The first professorship in Chinese studies was established in 1917 by a generous donation from Mr. Ding Long, a commoner from Canton. Now, there are fourteen full-time Chinese lecturers and 9 teaching associates in the program. Its students’ enrollment is about 450 per semester, making it the largest Chinese program on the east coast of the United States. The program takes a cognitive-functional approach to language education, focusing on helping students map the linguistic forms and their semantic and pragmatic functions. It emphasizes equally on spoken skills and literacy. Its long-term goal is to establish itself not only as an institute for language instruction but also as a center for linguistic research and teachers’ training.
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